Back with a new release following a brief hiatus, Inca is coming BACK TO LIFE, like the title of one of his earlier releases. Hitting us with a chill, downtempo hip hop beat for his newest tune, FUCK U DOIN’? It is the hook that reels you in, Inca’s simple chorus creates all the energy, like a chant you can shout along with. “I’m the truth, they need proof. That shit boof, I make moves, fuck you doin, fuck you doin?..” This masterpiece is to be featured on his upcoming album ENTER THE VOID, which will follow a collab LP called FUSION TECHNIQUE, with another Chicago artist Larcin. Not lying with BACK TO LIFE, Inca really took advantage of the down time to make some real work in numbers, and he is ready to show it all off!
South Florida underground sensation Ivan L has recently released, HOW TO BE A PLAYA in collaboration with Brizzle Worrell. The 7 track LP features RhymSter of Ever Evolved on the song, SPACE FUNK. Ivan L’s output this year has been outstanding and unmatched, with 6 LPs put out and 2020 still has one quarter left. This album rounds out 18 total full length records that Ivan L has released since 2012. This amount of productivity is on some Curren$y or Future level type hip-hop, the work ethic is highly commendable.
The album channels that nostalgic Bun B and Pimp C sound of the South. Track 1 of the record is UGK, Ivan L and Brizzle Worrell trade verses back and forth on each song like seasoned veterans of the game. “I’m a Kakarot, in a platinum watch,” Ivan L raps as he references DBZ, and being blinged out. “Like who I be kidding, that paper I stack, I’m really so different, this fell in my lap,” Ivan L raps in track 2, ALL I KNOW a song with 3 verses and an auto-tune crooning hook.
Track 5 of HOW TO BE A PLAYA features Ever Evolved co-founder RhymSter. “Met a bad bitch, who’s so thick, probably going kiss her on both lips.” Ivan L raps on the track SPACE FUNK, a bumpy jam to vibe out to and smoke, while keeping a shorty close. The title track starts with Ivan L going straight in with bars using a unique structure and flow. “Money the motive, I need mine too, records promoted, the fees I blew.” Every song on this short 7 track record has dope punchlines and bars, layered references, along with street knowledge and business advice.
If you want to learn how to be a player, then you might want to take notes when bumping the collaboration between Ivan L and Brizzle Worrell. A new duo of righteous, up and coming Southern hip hop kings. Ivan L’s preceding 5 projects all released in 2020 alone include ALL EYES ON VITO, QUARANTINE THIS! KUSH & HAND SOAP, QUARANTINE THIS! A SICK TAPE, YOUR GIRLFRIENDS SECRET PLAYLIST 3, LAST TIME I CHECKED I WAS STILL BREATHING.
GET IT THERE, YELLA, THE LICK, and FLEX are all songs released in the last seven months by Safi-G. Safi-G is a Palestinian rapper who makes up one half of the Chicago hip hop duo, GoodFellaz. All four of the songs are accompanied by amazing music videos, and every single one has crossed ten thousand in views, making his total count at eighty-one thousand. Across four videos in only seven months, and for being an independent underground rapper in 2020, these stats and milestones are recognizable and considerable.
If the other blogs are not paying attention to the hype, we feel bad for them. Safi-G has been consistently releasing quality music and visuals for a long time, and the hard work is paying off. He has an incredibly dedicated fanbase, any show you go to and see him perform, you will witness a crowd of Palestinian-Americans rapping and singing every single word along with him. His stage presence, performances, and cult like following precede him certainly. When you are a recording artist that already has the respect and love from your community, there is a lot of ways you can get to where you envision with out help from a label, and that is part of the beauty of hip hop.
The best artists are also the most culturally influential, but Safi-G also makes sure to be technically and musically skillful as well. This is why he is a triple threat package, he is talented, with good music, can perform live and already has a following backing his product. As a professional, Safi-G contains what a lot of artists would require from A&R and development, and he definitely does not need a cosign either. As long time backers and supporters of Safi-G, we are excited for his future in music, and it seems as if right now he is closing in on big breaks.
StankNasty gifts us another tune, following up on his last release and upcoming LP teaser track, KNOW THE NAME. Taking a step back and kickin’ it with this latest release MOVE, StankNasty brings out those cross faded, late night vibes with this trippy lo-fi beat. “Grab your girl, grab your guy, get your crew, lace those shoes. Sip your juice, we lettin loose, slide through, okay…” He sets the atmosphere for a night of memories, “keepin it Big Boi, Andre 3, Yea this jams so fresh, so clean” and he knows it, with how smooth he sliding in that reference to a couple great hip hop emcees . If this track makes its way to their ears, they would commend the balance of a smooth flow so packed with words and rhythm.
It is exciting to hear some new music from Jamila Woods. A powerful and wisdomatic voice and advocate for black communities, women in music and in general. With numerous songs highlighting the power of Black Girl Magic, she is an inspiring voice for youth artists, who she helps support through charities like Chance the Rappers SocialWorks, and teaching them herself as an art director at Wordplay Youth Chicago Artists. Advocating for justice from police brutality, and missing black women, highlighting #SayHerName movement in her videos, is it always a delight to hear her speak her mind through her music.
Wisdomatic is no exaggeration when it comes to her lyricism. With her recent live release of ZORA on soundcloud (Which can be best experience with the live video) from her most recent LP LEGACY! LEGACY!, you can hear it in her chorus simply put, “I will never know everything, everything. You will never know everything, everything, and you don’t know me, couldn’t possibly.” From individual wisdom to self love, her most recent release SULA expresses personal independence. “I’m not sorry that I cut you out, I’m not sorry. What’s done is done,” her closing chorus emboldened by her earlier verse, “Promiscuous holiness, slope is slippery I got all this time to kill, Somethin’ like a prayer to kneel to.” Jamila always speaks to the power within you with her music, and the ambiance of it is something else entirely to get lost into.
COFFEE & CIGARETTES II is a six track record from The Homie Q. This record is what you bump while taking a long road trip and you had to wake up early to get a head start. The title of the record might give off the vibe that this is another stoner rap tape. That could not be further from the truth, this EP is what happens when Akon meets Nico & Vinz meets Travie McCoy, combined with Hollywood Undead.
The record is full of strong melodies and choruses, mixed with punk vocals and heavy auto tune. The intro track featuring Sir Isaac is filled with catchy runs. Track two features amazing singing from Breana Marin. Track three, ROCK N ROLL, is what channels that Hollywood Undead sound. The combination of high energy singing and catchy choruses make for an enthralling listening experience. It will definitely get the gears in the brain turning if you give it a spin in the morning.
The Homie Q rounds out the project with a love ballad called THESE GIRLS, a Gym Class Heroes like song, that might make one reminisce about high school or college crushes. The Homie Q does not waste any chance or track to give his listeners a catchy hook. THANKZ, the outro track on the project, leads with an epic guitar melody, and The Homie Q’s voice coming in with powerful vocals. The song is inspiring and tells his listeners he is not giving up, and he is thankful for the motivation he gets from fans, friends, and family.
A young hip hop artist from Chicago with a persistent dedication to sharpen his lyrical talent. Going by Bobby Sagget, his oldest release on soundcloud is about a year old, called 773 after Chicago area codes, but with clear experience in his flow. Since that drop, he has been relentless, with over a couple dozen tracks in his playlist. His most notable recent project goes by the name CHICITY ALLEYCAT PIMPSTORY. Inspired by the very picture for the cover art, the swag of urban retro Chicago, Bobby re-envisions himself as an old soul, rapping verses over 80’s sampled beats. A nice mix of contemporary lyricism and classic sound, old school styles translates well in 40 years later, with a skilled emcee on the mic.
In another authentic Chicago sound and visual from Dat Bizness, he brings an upbeat and positive perspective on his background, and how he has persevered through it. “Mama gave me $10 bills, told me go and grab Sandra tacos. First he was there and then he was gone, so I’m asking mom where my pops go.” FROM THE STREETS is only two minutes long with two verses and two hooks. Dat Bizness is surprisingly able to fit a large amount of story telling in this short song. It must be listened through multiple times over again in order to catch everything because of the pacing, its replay value, and the hook is one you can dance and vibe out to.
“I am from the streets, brothers carry heat. Watch out for police, hustle hard gotta eat. We just trying to live take care of our kids, born in the system it is what it is,” the hook rapped by Dat Bizness would have an audience up off of their feat and having fun. This song is appealing for its sophistication, with the lines detailing Dat Bizness’ background and lifestyle, coupled with the jazzy, saxophone melody, boom bap instrumental. The song is fast paced and makes a listener think, while also moving them to the rhythm. It is not easy to combine those aspects (fun and complexity) in music, and successfully doing so is absolutely worthy of praise.
Dat Bizness ends the song reminding listeners where he is from. “8806 South Burley street I grew up in the new buildings damn!” He is no stranger to the neighborhoods that shaped the talent and phenom known as Dat Bizness.
Chicago legend in the making, MOECYRUS, recently dropped his 5th full length studio album, I ALREADY COINED THAT. A record full of punch lines for all the haters and fans alike, to absorb with grit and a complex array of emotions. MOECYRUS says what he feels and does not hold back his perspective when explaining what he goes through, navigating in this music business. When it comes to lyrical structure, MOECYRUS channels the classic greats of hip hop; think Big Pun, Ghostface, Biggie type of rhyme organization.
Being from Chicago born and raised, MOECYRUS hones his unique style and puts on for his city. The intro track to the record is titled CHICAGO THE MECCA, where MOECYRUS sings and raps about how Chicago is the epicenter of culture. “Old heads think they’re too good to teach the youngings, because they’re stubborn, then wonder why we ain’t MOVING!” MOECYRUS creates a mellow but lyrically impressive intro track to his 5th LP.
The next notable track to highlight is, “PUT IT UP”, with a catchy hook that every emcee listening will be beating themselves for not thinking of it, because it is that clever and sonically pleasing. When things open back up, rest assured that anyone in the crowd hearing this will be rapping and chanting along! MOECYRUS put together 8 songs with 4 features to complete his 5th album. Talents that offered their sound are Orlando Coolridge, Novatore, Cruz Ocho, and Billie Dee Boodah. As usual, MOECYRUS recruits an all star lineup for I ALREADY COINED THAT.
On God is another well crafted and highly impactful song on the record, with over 4 minutes of MOECYRUS rapping about the in’s and out’s of coat tail hangers and clout chasers in the music business. A pattern of people thinking they need and want things from him, without offering any value in return; for lack of a better word: leeches. “Don’t put that on me, thats on god,” he chants, and after listening through, he is definitely right. This song is also impressive for including a little Midwest chopping, Twista style, at the end of the hook; “burning your bridges and thinking its sweet, I’m up in the top, I came from the ground!”
I ALREADY COINED THAT, the title track, is number seven on the LP, and it starts out with a falsetto, raspy sung tune before the drums, and MOECYRUS’ signature flow comes in. It reminds one of something playing in a diner when getting the morning coffee. The tune goes, “I wanna talk my shit sometimes, I wanna get outside my mind, everybody’s got their eyes on me!” MOECYRUS gives two verses on this record surrounding the theme of too many people trying to get something out of him, or trying to pick his brain for all the secrets.
Being a rapper in this business can come with a lot of people wanting things from you, simply because of your platform and name, something that he avoids at all costs. MOECYRUS values genuine interaction, he swerves the energy vampires. I ALREADY COINED THAT is an amazingly cohesive and authentic record coming from the Chicago emcee. Any fan of hip hop, or anyone considering themselves a hip hop head, needs to go support this artist and buy his LP on BandCamp. And make sure to stream each of his 4 previous records, UNTITLED, ICEBERG, YOU GOTTA BE FKN KIDDING ME, and LIFE EXPOSED.
Khid Nando is back again with some new music, making a lot of noise in 2020. Starting off the year with KHAOTIC MIND and OVERSEAS, he followed up with his KHILLING TIME EP. He is back with a couple more tracks within the last month preparing for another big release! Carrying a different, more composed energy since his EP, really improving lyrically in tandem with his flow in SNAKES IN THE GRASS and MOON ROCKS. Getting us ready for some more, Khid Nando plans to release another EP called TOXIC next season!